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    January 6, 2013
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>> i'd like to call roll please. (roll call) also with us this evening we have chief of police gregory piecer and you have a quorum. >> ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the wednesday, december 19, 2012 police commission meeting. we have a light agenda at the front end but a lot of disciplinary and personnel matter we'll be dealing with in closed item.
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without further ado, please call line item 1, the consent calendar. >> also we have miss franko. >> i spoke with miss hicks and she asked that the item on the agenda be taken off. >> item 1, request of officer mike mitchell to accept gifts of a ball cap and hooded sweat dts shirt from the san francisco spc for his assistance with the recovery of a stolen dog. >> members, you have the affidavit of officer mitchell. he helped the spca recover a stolen dog. any public comment? >> move to grant the request. >> all in favor say aye. >> no. 2, general public comment. the public is now welcome to address the commission regarding items that do not appear on tonight's
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agenda but that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the commission. speakers shall address their remarks to the commission as a whole and not to individual commissioners, department or occ personnel. under police commission rules of order during public comment neither police or occ personnel nor commissioners are required to respond to questions presented by the public but may provide a brief response. individual commissioners and police and occ personnel should refrain, however, from entering into any debates or discussion with speakers during public comment. please limit your comments to 3 minutes. >> good evening, welcome back. >> hi, jackie brison here and i'm happy to be here. i did my nomo rain dance, i'm part xhapb khee and i had to do my rain dance in order to get nomo rain but it only holds until friday.
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>> i am here once again to bear glad tidings apparently you really miss me and needed some good tidings, so here i am. first thing i wanted to let you know is that i did battle with pg&e over a missing, as in the light wasn't on, it was out, and i did battle with pg&e and i won. so the offensive light shall be replaced tomorrow, that's in front of 54 dore street and it was a battle but i won. police department's worth it. the second item i wanted to let you know in regards to light, i have done battle with the folsom dore apartment, 75
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dore, no. 6, i had to file not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5 but 6 complainting regarding inadequate lighting and they finally saw the light and the lights were on when i left. no. 3 has to do with the baldwin house hotel. i don't know if you've opened your substation there yet, but be sure and check and make sure that the boiler system for the hotel proper has been inspected. if you were to check with the department of building inspection you will find that it was the early part of 2004, i filed a complaint regarding the boiler system. it turned out there had been a notice of violation which had been issued against that hotel which went languishing for, like, 6 years and there was a changing of the guard. well, i found out about it and i let pg&e know that they had a water heater, not a boiler there, i
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spoke to pg&e, spoke to the little guy there, they refused to let the inspector inspect because there was nothing to inspect. i took them to director's hearing and they were required to put a boiler in place so make sure that, a, there's a boiler and b it's current and i want to give a shoutout to my long lost phone spouse. i miss him. once again, i'm in mourning. he's done a good job. >> thank you, miss brison. any further public comment? please come forward. >> my name is robert davis, i live in the bayview, 92124. i am here for 3 things. the first thing is to show you a petition that some of my
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neighbors and i put together for lieutenant robert oh sullivan to be promoted as the permanent captain at the bayview station. we got a hundred signatures very quickly. >> (inaudible) on that? >> mr. davis and i discussed that that has happened. >> granted. thank you, chief, and thank you, mr. davis. >> the second thing that now captain o sullivan is the permanent captain at the station, we'd like him to stay for a while. i know with paramilitary organizations it's up and out but we think that would be counter productive in this case, he's been there two years, we work very well with him and we'd like him to stay. if that's possible we'd like that to happen. the third thing i'd like to mention is some calls for service data that i got from the turk street department of what are they called, you know, the custodian of records. first little packet here is about what we call mendell
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plaza, that would be between oakdail and palou and the 1300 block and 1400 block of mendell. in 10 months this year there have been over 2600 calls for service to that one block which we think is very high, considering the density of the neighborhood and for comparison in the second set of data here, i have calls for 6th street between market and mission. there were fewer calls, it's 3 times as dense and yes, we have gangs, they don't have gangs they don't have, et cetera, et cetera, but the reason i'm here is to bring this to your attention. we'd like some city services that doesn't involve the police. the police are doing a very good job. we have 3 bicycle officers, we have calls, we have people up and down. we like having police. we'd like to have some city services to
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take care of some of what we call the antisocial behavior in the plaza -- drinking, public urination, public other stuff that people do in the middle of the day. the city already sends somebody out for two hours in the morning from 4:00 to 6:00 or 5:00 to 7 klak to power wash the plaza every day. we're spending a lot of money as taxpayers. we think we can do better. we appreciate the police, they're doing a great job, but what we'd like you to do and the reason i'm here is i'm asking you to make some calls, get other agencies involved, a multi tier, multi level approach, we just need some help. the other thing, just out of interest, i got all this from the department of records also. this is about 24th and mission and 16th and mission and the calls for service there are fewer than 20 in a year, which i found very interesting, considering the bad pr for that
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neighborhood and for those two blocks in general. anyway, thank you. >> thank you very much. and thank you for your petition. any further public comment? come on, sir. >> my name (inaudible) i believe that one of your officer from sunset was very undisciplined to me, very, very. i'd like to citizen complaint but they didn't want to hear this. i'd like the chief of police, nothing can help. what can i do? i still very strongly believe this officer dermani was very in his behavior even how he looked at
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me, everything, was so antisemitic to russian jew was unbelievable. i don't believe i am in united states. and, again, this case was for two months in officer citizen complaint and they did not want to hear this. they did everything not to bring these two officer who was there on the case on the place when it happened and i really don't know what i have to do. thank you. >> thank you. any further public comment? >> inspector hallor ran. >> thank you for this opportunity. i stand before
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you tonight on two issues, first of all to introduce myself or reintroduce myself to some of the commissioners. last month i was swoerp in as vice president of the san francisco police officers association, having served 9 years as the treasurer i'm familiar with the process of the commission and the discipline but secondly and more importantly, i want to announce if you haven't already known, the retirement of vice president kevin martin and the retirement of our paralegal, steve johnson. that most recently happened two weeks ago. we are definitely going to fill the void that steve has left, i hope to fill the void and fill the shoes of kevin martin. we know it's a lot to ask but i can assure you that president delanus and i will make every effort to work with the chief as we have done since being on the executive board of the poa for the last 9 years. but before i do i want to
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acknowledge kevin martin who has 28 years of service not just with the san francisco police department but the san francisco sheriff's department and especially acknowledge steve johnson, who joined the san francisco police department in 1971, served 30 years and since that time has worked tirelessly along with kevin for the rights of our members and he has worked with every commissioner here. he's going to be a big loss to the poa, he wanted to be here tonight, he could not make it. he is in good health and spirits but i do have letters to each one of the commissioners on behalf of steve. so i am available, i certainly am behind the learning curve but considering the statement from one of the last speakers i hope the chief grants everything that the poa requests as you did the previous speaker. i can answer any questions if you have them, but thank you for your time. >> thank you, inspector
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hallorran. i want to say, inspector halloran, we recognize vice president martin, one of our hearings we closed in honor of him, for all the work he's done for police officers but also all the work he did walking the weet. he started the job as a police special, a service officer, he was a lot like the next person we're going to talk about, steve johnson. they are more than just a police officer, i think there was a bit of a priest in each of them. he's been greatly missed. with reference to steve johnson, i think president delanus, he referred to him as mother teresa he'd come before this commission and explain away any sort of thing that happened to a police officer, had a way of explaining it and convincing the commission in most cases that the officer should get a second chance. a lot of officers owe their careers to him and he will be
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sorely missed. commissioner kingsley. >> i just wanted to thank you for coming here this evening and speaking to us and letting us know about this and being the mass -- messenger for the letter from officer martin. please if you would convey our thanks to both officers and our best wishes for a wonderful retirement life. >> thank you. would you please call line item no. 2. >> line item 3? >> 3, excuse me. thank you. >> no problem. >> been a long week. >> line item 3, reports and announcements. chief's, discussion, review of recent activities. >> commissioners, occ, public, as far as crime statistics go, total violent crime in the city remains relatively flat. our property crime is up about 9
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percent, arrests are up, which is understandable, about 9 percent in addressing that. with regard to statistics, though, we did uncover yet another gap as we get better technologically, captain flaherty in preparation for our last meeting with the commission on status of women saw that the stats for db numbers, she felt they were a bit low. she discovered the reporting was for the fiscal year, she got with director giffin and looked at them for the calendar year and indeed they were low. i ordered an immediate audit for all of our numbers and we discovered when we changed over approximately 8,000 police reports hadn't been scanned in for purposes of comstat. that obviously is going to click up our year to date statistics but at least they will be accurate. a lot of these reports were closed cases, warrants, things like
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that, not necessary of any follow-up but not wanting to risk anything, captain flaherty did an audit of the 106 cases that hadn't been scanned in that would have been svu cases, all had been followed up on, one needed specifically to be assigned and that's been taken so we don't have anything that slipped through the cracks. however, you will notice when you see the final year to date stats for 2012 that they will be different. i don't want anybody worried that there was a crime wave in december when we do the stats going into 2013. all of those events will fall into the months that they occurred. so there's that. >> if i could ask, will these updated statistics also be given to the commission on the status since we have that joint hearing with them? >> sure, i can make that happen. thank you, commissioner, for my lead-in. a good thing that happened in this audit was that if you look at the com stat report, we
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don't believe we've been exhaustively reporting our domestic violence numbers which have several more categories than are listed here. to that end i've asked susan to go back to the inception of com stat which actually predates me to 2010 and we're now going to take all of these numbers -- i'll pass these around but i need them back; these are my copies -- which you will see are far more exhaustive in reporting and they will be put in our com stat report so we will have a much more comprehensive report with regard to special victims in san francisco. we're going to need to go back to the very beginning because since the numbers are so many more, i don't want it to look like we had a big increase. it's going to be consistent from 2010 to 2011 and on. so that will be a good thing. as far as gun violence in san francisco, i know that that's a hot button issue right now.
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our homicide rate is at 67, which is up 30 some odd percent from last year, but the spike is pretty much attributed real specifically to the house street quipb quin tup quintupple homicide in april. overall gun violence in san francisco is down 7 percent when nationally gun violence is up pretty much across the board, so we have had good luck unfortunately though the fatal violence in san francisco due to those 3 windows that i described is up. it is, however, the fourth best year in the last 10 when you talk about totals. going back a little bit, obviously it bears mentioning what happened in newtown,
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connecticut, the unimaginable tragedy that everybody's been talking about nationally. i think it's important that everybody take notice that the teachers at that school and the officers that responded did so as we've been training since columbine also here in san francisco and i think were it not for the heroic efforts of both the teachers and officers that that tragedy would have been way worse. the teachers, instead of evacuating and emptying those kids into the hallway, secured in place which kept them safe. actually it cost some of the teachers their lives, god bless them, and then the police officers as you saw them come on scene went straight into the school, which is exactly what san francisco police officers would do when there's the immediate imnepblt danger of serious danger of death, active shooter we'll go straight in. it's our job to put ourselves in harm's way and the cops in connecticut did
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that. on a very different note -- oh, i'm sorry -- we will be reinitiating our active shooter training that most of us that have been in the department for a while all went through to train for this, but as we're hiring a thousand recruits and working with the school district to make it part of the site we'll make it part of our academy basic training so we don't lose track of that. anybody from the school district is more than welcome to come see how we do it and we're passing out our crisis management hand book that tells when to evacuate and when to remain in place and our presence has been felt tremendously since the date of this incident. we've gotten some very favorable reviews on our two officerses, i know commissioner zucco and a very teary officer loftus were at bayview when officers gritch and cloud very
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genuinely relayed the accounts of that night when they saved little baby nash, so we will be putting them up for obviously all sorts of recognition, not the least of which will be a life saving award at this commission. i spent saturday with commissioner marshall. we underestimated -- what do they say -- we underpromised and overdelivered. we didn't know if we would end up getting a hundred guns and we got nearly 300 guns. the commissioner received them himself and then we just recently today got clearance from washington that we can pay the balance off and i don't know if the check was delivered today, if not it will be tomorrow so that we can make good on all our iou's and everybody that turnd in firearms, standing in the rain, making sure that the guns that they had could not be taken, ended up being 163 handguns, 68
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rifles, some hunting, some military, 25 shotguns and countless rounds of ammunition, all off the streets of san francisco. oakland took 300 guns as well totaling 600 guns off the streets of the bay area in one saturday. so that's a good thing. and then finally we did some promotions. we did 8 captains, they have been assigned, 15 lieutenants, they have also been lieutenants, and 29 sergeants, the entire group is in the academy right now and they will go to their respective assignments on saturday and as we close out the holiday season we did bayview toy give away today, mission station and api on bay shore was on saturday and obviously operation dream in various joy give aways will be going forward the rest of the holiday season. and that concludes my report. >> well, thank you, chief. speaking of the real positive news, the press conference with
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officers cloud and gritch, it wasn't only commissioner loftus that was crying, it was maybe another commissioner. >> i didn't want to be the one that said it, i'm glad you said it. >> even our commission secretary who has done a lot with this department had tears in his eyes. it was an incredible press conference. what those two officers did was beyond belief, saving that little baby's life. it was amazing. god bless them, they did the lord's work, they are great police officers and to hear the officer that was driving the radio car while the other officer was giving cpr to the baby because they couldn't wait for the ambulance, to hear him say the officer giving cpr was crying and telling the baby to come back, it made me to be commissioner representing the officer and the public. i would like to bring them back in january so everyone can meet them before they go up for
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their life saving award which i imagine is pretty many a slam dunk. >> i'll make sure that happens. >> on the second part, we are seeing an uptick from schools to having our officers come out and make an assessment. being the husband of a teacher, i know this is first and foremost of the teachers, they spent all weekend receiving emails from school officials how to handle things. how many requests have you had and what have we done and what are we prepared to do other than what you have already said? >> again, we have been working very closely with the unified school district, a lot of requests, some personal, some through our city capacity. any requests that have been asked have been answered, captains have been told to make sure their officers are visibly present before school and after school and made contact with all the principals' offices just to let them know we're here, we're around, and as the
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link goes out to print out the crisis management hand book, the officers will make another visit to the school offices to make sure it's been printed and they know where it is. we're not putting ourselves on the schools, we just want to know they know we're around. >> as we close our meeting in honor of those victims tonight, commissioner kingsley of all the commissioners knows more about gun violence than any of us and commissioner kingsley will address that issue. we want to be the first -- we want to be at the forefront of this and see what our police department can do. many of us including myself think the second amendment is clearly outdated but what can we do within our power as a commission to make things safer in san francisco. i want to turn it over to commissioner kingsley.
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>> thank you, president mazzucco, i wanted to thank the chief for his report but clarify the homicide number. the 67 homicides, were all of them, is it all of them involve gun violence? >> no, 45. >> 45. i wanted to make sure that that number was right. so 45 involved gun violence and then congratulations to a successful gun buy back in omega boy's and girl's club is to be congratulated on that success as well. thanks to everybody involved in that, the department. >> i really do have to give, as i say, i have to give props to omega boy's club. we were happy to be a part of it but the commissioner stepped up. >> well, if i may, i just got to say it was something we didn't expect, i mean, i thought we would get 50 guns. i was not prepared for the line that showed up. it was
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scheduled for 10:00 am, at 9:00 people were out there. i've never seen so many guns in my life, i don't want to see that many guns again. and i think the chief came by and brought some more officers in because we weren't moving things along fast enough. you'll be surprised, i have to do this publicly, supervisor malia cohen came by and helped the process along. anybody knows her, she jumped into things, it was a rainy day, i have to thank the public, they were very, very patient, amazingly patient standing outside in those lines and then coming in inside the rain, they stood there until we got every firearm processed. this was one of those unique things where it was, you know, the factors you like to see
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involved. a private donor who put up the first part of the money, a community organization and law enforcement. and the next part of it happened on both sides of the bay. i mean i know captain joiner in oakland said it was the first time he had ever seen this kind of collaborative effort between -- for this particular purpose. the fact that it was going on, on both sides of the bay at the same time and both of us accomplishing way more than we hoped to do was just an amazing thing. and then, chief, i got to thank you for those. at some point the grant money that we had ran out and i was going to go out and tell everybody to go home. but you saw those guns and said, oh, hell, no, we got to get those guns. so we'll get the funding. it was
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definitely a win-win and i must say that the 3 reasons that i heard the most that people showed up was the monetary incentive; secondly was folks that had these guns wanted to get rid of them but a whole lot of folks said the events of the night before said they didn't want their guns to fall into somebody's hands because everybody knows by now that the young man got the guns from his mother. the hold phrase of too many guns on the street, we got 600. i have heard, i don't know if you have, but i heard folks are now talking about doing a state-wide gun buy back and i've already had calls today about, you know, i got some more guns, but we're not ready for that yet. thanks a lot to everybody concerned and, you know, we did really do something that i think is very, very

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